A racially diverse group of evangelical leaders and thousands of Christian followers met with police and community representatives Sunday night to discuss solutions to rising violence in our cities and racial divisions in our country.
An estimated crowd of 2,600 attended The Reconciled Church’s Celebration of Unity Service at Free Chapel’s campus in Gainesville, a suburb located approximately one hour outside of Atlanta.
The Reconciled Church is a movement working to shift the racial atmosphere of the nation by healing the racial divisions in the church. It held its first conference in January 2015 in the wake of police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. Since then, such incidents have become increasingly common.
Beginning the Sunday evening event with a series of short TED-like talks, leaders discussed generational poverty, violence and race within the context of working with national leaders and partnering together, as a faith body, to enact change.
Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the co-founders of The Reconciled Church movement, said the church must model unity and lead the way to racial reconciliation because America is at a boiling point.
“White folks can’t heal the nation by themselves,” said Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, D.C., area and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition. “Neither can Blacks or Hispanics. My Asian brothers can’t heal the nation by themselves. Only the body of Christ can bring healing to the nation.”
Evangelist James Robison, another co-founder of The Reconciled Church, urged Christians to pray for our national leaders without expecting them to solve our problems on their own.
“Washington can’t solve our problems,” Robison said. “God can’t fail to solve our problems.”
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-racial congregation, touched on the topic of immigration. “As a pastor, I love my people,” he said. “I love the Hispanic people in this church. They’re precious, whether they’re legal or illegal. We have to have laws, but we must also have love and compassion.”
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SOURCE: A. Larry Ross
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